McFarlane, Gerald ("Jerry") Jerry McFarlane, incredibly beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on August 16, 2006 at the age of 69. Born December 21, 1936 in Sherwood, North Dakota, Jerry was raised in Kalispell, Montana and moved to Southern California in 1955. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from West Coast University, he later worked as Test Engineer Manager for Xerox Corporation for 30 years and served as treasurer of the Xerox Retirees Club West until his death. Jerry was a California PGA-certified golfer, avid runner, and radio-controlled airplane enthusiast. He is survived by his incredibly loving wife, Nancy; daughters, Leslie Jill Heider of Mission Viejo, Denean McKinney of Redondo Beach, Sandra Bell of Tustin; grandchildren Michael, Evan, Alaina, Erik and Trevor. Services will be held at Rice Mortuary, Torrance on August 20th, 2006 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society or Cure Autism Now. Please sign the guest book at

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  1. Nancy, Jill, Denean & Julie I am so sorry for your loss, I know how close you all were. Jerry was a very lucky man and I know he was proud of all of you. I will see you all Sunday.

  2. Denean, The respect and admiration you showed your dad was the greatest gift you could give him. You two shared a special closeness that few daughters can capture. You taught me a lot and I am thankful. I feel so very fortunate to have known him.

  3. Nancy and Family, That’s a wonderful picture of Jerry. The white hat is so appropriate for one of the very special good guys. I’m sorry for your loss.

  4. Nancy, Denean, Jill & Sam I am thankful and honored to have had the chance to meet Jerry and be able to share some wonderful moments with him and family. You were blessed with a great Husband, Father and Grandfather. A good soul! I will cherish the memories I have of him forever.

  5. he still makes me laugh when i think of some of the things he used to do. he was one of the few guys in school to have a car. we were someplace having fun when someone asked if he could borrow jerry’s car to pick up his date. of course jerry threw him the keys. a few minutes the guy returned and told him the car started but that the gear shift was busted. jerry laughed that great little laugh of his…he had moved the gears so that you could only shift with the emergency break. now that’s an engineer and one of the most talented persons i have ever known!

  6. our deepest and sincere sympathy to his four favorite ladies. nancy, jill, denean, and sam. your loss is a shame, but you were fortunate enogh to live and be loved by one of the truest friends anyone could have.

  7. Jerry was one of my best friends, wil miss him on Wednesday’s when we played golf. He was a wonderful guy.

  8. I remember Gerald as a kind person that I liked a lot in High School. It is with that memory that I wish him a fond farewell as he departs for what we are told is a better place. I send my love to his family and I know that you will miss him a lot, and I am praying for you that ministering angels will come to be with you at this time. love Mary M Slack Leib MCDaniel. Class of 1955

  9. We knew Jerry both at work,Xerox, and at play — golf,poker,XRWC — and he was always a gentleman, a professional and a real pleasure to be with. His contributions to the XRWC as financial officer & web master will be very hard to replace. Phyl will especially miss the big hug she got from Jerry whenever we were together. Enjoy cavorting with the angels up there, Jerry. We will both miss you very much. Neil and Phyllis

  10. I knew Jerry for many years during the time I worked at Xerox. He was very nice and professional. He was a good man. He will be missed. My sincere condolences.

  11. Nancy and Family We were very, very sorry to hear the news about Jerry and we send our condolances to you. We will miss him very much. We had great times at Xerox, on the golf course,at XRWC events, and flying his radio controlled planes. Of course we would meet at the Whittier Narrows flying field in the morning to fly his planes but we always planned to eat Mexican food at one of our favorite restaurants at lunch time.

  12. Nancy, Jill, Denean and Sam, We have lost a wonderful husband, father and friend. Our memories of Jerry will always be of the good times we had together, his accomplishments and his friendship.

  13. Dearest Nancy and Family, We are very sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing, he was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed. Our memories of Jerry go back to the NESRA golf tournaments and all the XGC tournaments, we had a great time. He always offered a big hug and smile for us whenever we ran into each other. We send our deepest condolences and keep you in our prayers.

  14. It was with great sadness that I received the news of Jerry’s passing. Although I retired from Xerox many years ago, I remember with fondness my dealings with him. May God bless you and provide you with comfort during these trying days.

  15. Jerry, you have gone to a better place but I will miss you and our Wednesday golf with Bob, Max and Reggie. You were a good competitor and a quality individual. My condolences to your family.

  16. Dear Nancy & Family, Our sincere condolence to you and your family. I hired Jerry into the Xerox family, worked closely with him over the years to retirement and watched him mature to manage an Engineering Group at Xerox. Julia walked many miles at noontime with Jerry & John as part of a personal fitness program. Jerry is in a better place now, and hopefully he is watching over all of his fellow “Retirees”. We will truly miss him… Sincerely, Bob & Julia Dances

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